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ALERT@NU hosts FEMA Region 1 Research to Resilience Workshop September 28, 2012

ALERT at Northeastern is proud to have hosted the FEMA Region 1 “Research to Resilience” Workshop held in Boston, MA on September 27, 2012. More than 200 attendees and 11 DHS Centers of Excellence (COEs) participated in this event.

The Research to Resilience Workshop was developed to link local and government agencies with DHS Centers of Excellence (COEs) in hopes of accelerating the transition of center developed research and education to improve preparedness. This inaugural event was administered through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate Office of University Programs and FEMA Region 1.

ALERT co-director, Prof. Michael B. Silevitch, gave one of the opening presentations for this half-day workshop. The day included discussions about establishing a framework for transition, examples of successful partnerships, a research showcase, and a tabletop exercise to work through the process of transitioning specific COE technology into use.

During the research and technology showcase, the COEs displayed their research achievements at 17 different booths, holding more than 30 hands-on demos for attendees. ALERT at Northeastern showcased its tools developed in video analytics, IED detection, and explosives detection sensors.  ALERT at University of Rhode Island also made a strong showing in areas including the development of blast-resistant materials.

RICC Presentations & Posters Now Available for Download December 9, 2011

Selected presentations and posters are now available for viewing on the RICC website.

ADSA05 – May 3 & 4th, 2011 May 3, 2011

The fifth workshop in the Algorithm Development for Security Applications (ADSA) series, this workshop will focus on fusing orthogonal technologies for detecting explosives for aviation applications.This event is by invitation only. For details about this event: ALERT Offices, [email protected]

This focus was chosen for the following reasons, which were articulated by the participants at the first four ADSA workshops:

  • A single modality does not exist to meet all the DHS’s future detection requirements
  • There are algorithmic and operational issues when technologies are fused

The technologies that will be covered are:

  • X-ray diffraction (XRD), along with diffraction enhanced and index of refraction imaging
  • Quadrupole resonance (QR)
  • Raman scatter
  • Explosive trace detection (ETD) and sampling schemes
  • Terahertz imaging and spectroscopy (THZ)

Research heads meet in D.C. with homeland security cabinet secretary April 1, 2011

news@Northeastern features ALERT co-Director’s visit to Washington D.C. for the Department of Homeland Security’s University Network Summit.

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President Aoun urges protection of Homeland Security research funding March 8, 2011

As president of a university that is home to one of the country’s Department of Homeland Security Centers of Excellence, Aoun is urging Sens. John Kerry and Scott Brown to oppose proposed federal budget cuts.

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Research-Industrial Collaboration Conference October 13, 2010

This year’s RICC on October 13,2010 focused on Research to Reality – transitioning university research to the field. Student Research Posters are currently available for viewing on the RICC website and conference presentations will be posted shortly.